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Man accused of the Merced County stabbing death of his lover enters plea

A man extradited from Mexico last month pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to the charge that he stabbed his lover in the neck, killing her in Hilmar almost nine years ago. After stabbing 36-year-old Armanda Llanos Flores on March 31, 2010, Jesus Ortega fled Delhi to Mexico, investigators said. Dressed


Check out Merced’s Most Wanted criminals for the week of Jan. 14

All of these criminals are wanted in Merced County on felony warrants. If you have any information, please contact Merced Area Crime Stoppers.


Around Town (01/16/19)

Beginner square dancing classes are every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at the Stratford Evans Community Hall, 1490 B St. First class is free. Go to, SquareDanceMerced.com for info, or call Geri at 209-723-0177 or Dave 209-777-1274.


20-year-old shot in south Merced, police say. Witnesses sought

Police are asking for the public’s help after a 20-year-old was shot in south Merced on Wednesday. A caller reported gunfire about 3 p.m. Tuesday near 11th and Q streets, police said in a news release on Wednesday. The victim was found in the 900 block of 11th Street.


Stanislaus County accessory defendants in Newman cop killing to be turned over to feds

Four defendants accused of helping a man evade capture after the shooting death of Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh are scheduled to return to Stanislaus Superior Court Thursday, so local authorities can turn them over to federal officials.


19-car pileup leaves 35 injured in Southern California's Cajon Pass

(AP) - Numerous vehicles have collided in a foggy mountain pass as a storm system passes through Southern California. The San Bernardino County Fire Department says 19 vehicles collided Wednesday morning on the southbound side of Interstate 15 in Cajon Pass, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.


Familes of victims attends court hearing for driver accused in fatal Turlock crash

The 21-year-old Turlock man charged with driving under the influence and felony vehicular manslaughter in the death of a 14-year-old girl and injuring two other girls appeared in Stanislaus Superior Court on Wednesday as the girls’ grieving family members sat in the audience.


New details reveal connections between Loughborough slaying victim and suspects

One Merced man has been charged with murder in connection with the slaying last month of a 37-year-old resident and police are still looking for a second suspect who remained at large Monday, authorities said.


Merced home infested with rats, trash now a health issue for neighbors

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- After months of living in a trailer, Robert Alexander is finally moving into his new home. "There's no excuse for whats next door," he said. What he wasn't expecting was to see his backyard filled with piles of trash and debris, and what he saw next door was even worse.


Modesto police investigating shooting at Walmart market on Coffee Road

Modesto police responded to a shooting at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Coffee Road and East Orangeburg Avenue around midnight Tuesday. A male victim was found, and police said he was expected to survive. The circumstances — including the possibility the wound was self-inflicted — are under inv


Stanislaus coroner seeks relatives of Turlock woman

The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office is trying to locate relatives of a Turlock woman who died last week. Mabil Isaak, 89, died of natural causes at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto on Jan. 10.


California FSA Offices Reopen for Farm Loan Program Service

Offices Will Open Temporarily for Farm Loan Program. Message from USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Aubrey J. D. Bettencourt:. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform


A Modesto City School has found its new head football coach

Local Notebook: Hilmar’s Rentfro named All-American, MJC’s Nichols signs with Idaho. Hilmar High School senior Justin Rentfro was named a MaxPreps Small School All-American earlier this week. Also in this notebook, Modesto Junior College’s Trae Nichols signed with University of Idaho.


Suspected gang member arrested after officers find drugs and a handgun, police say

A suspected gang member was arrested after officers found drugs and a handgun during a search, according to authorities. Merced Police said Eric Micheletti, 27, of Merced, was taken into custody officers with the Gang Violence Suppression Unit seized a 25 caliber handgun, ammunition and a bag of met


New Merced NAACP president hopes to drive down stubbornly high black unemployment

The number of black people who are unemployed and who struggle to find work in Merced County were looming topics this week as a new president took over the Merced chapter of the NAACP.


Stanislaus Coroner’s office searching for family of two men

The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office is seeking family members or friends of two men who died recently. Michael Sarrels of Modesto died Dec. 28 at his home. He was 65. James Chrisman of Keyes died Dec. 28 at home. He was 61.


California Advances February Payment of CalFresh Benefits Due to Government Shutdown

CalFresh benefits in Los Angeles County and elsewhere around the state will be advanced for the month of February starting on Wednesday, officials announced. The move is designed to avoid disruption of the critical food support to eligible residents amid the partial federal government shutdown, acco


First suspect in Korey Kauffman murder testifies against Modesto attorney, others

A defense attorney on Wednesday questioned the credibility of a key prosecution witness in the trial of Modesto attorney Frank Carson and two others accused of murder in the death of Turlock resident Korey Kauffman.


Arnold man arrested for stealing car, stabbing victim in Modesto

An Arnold native was arrested on Jan. 10 after allegedly stealing a man’s car and stabbing him in the parking lot of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in north Modesto, The Modesto Bee reported.


Stanislaus County Workers Reject Final Contract Offer

On Thursday, Jan. 10, Stanislaus County workers approved to send Stanislaus County Management’s ‘Last, Best and Final’ contract offer to members for a vote. Following an all-day vote on Friday, Jan. 11 throughout more than 30 county sites, members voted overwhelming to reject the offer vowing to con